Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Extracts from The Little-Read Book: Chapter 018


Wit, wisdom, pseudonietzscheanistic aphorisms, and bad jokes.

* Yes, we need to stand up to Russia, NOW. A stitch in time saves nine. You really don't want to live in a world where great powers can annex pieces of their neighbors at gunpoint. You really don't.

* Journalistic fellatio is a long standing Washington DC tradition. You see it on TV with the softball pitchers lobbing juicy targets at Democrats. But it's not a new phenomenon. Ever read anything about Kennedy by William Manchester? I love Manchester--particularly his American histories and  his writings on Churchill--but his one great failing was his inability to hear anything bad about the Kennedys. In that shameful respect he was a Kennedy house poodle.

* First we win election. Then we impeach. Then we arrest. Then we charge, convict, and imprison. In. That. Order.

* "A man was on his way to Jericho when he was set upon by robbers.... who then was this man's neighbor?" Yes, this principle applies to nation states.

* There is a different between a prophet and an ironist. A prophet looks ahead and warns of pitfalls. An ironist looks at his society and says "You suck!" ... usually because it does. But he looks backwards, not forwards, and does little to save the society he critiques.

* I would never want to be a prophet. Why? – let Nietzsche explain: "Prophetic men – You cannot divine how the prophetic men suffer: you think only that prophecy is a gift that you would like to have for yourselves. Not so. Let me explain by simile: How much animals may suffer from the electricity of the atmosphere and the clouds! Some of them, as we see have a prophetic faculty with regard to the weather: for example, apes (which one can see both in menageries and at Gibraltar). It never occurs that it is their sufferings–they are prophets! When a positive charge of electricity, under influence of an approaching but invisible cloud, is suddenly converted into negative electricity, an alteration of the weather is immanent: these animals behave as if an enemy were approaching them: they prepare for defense, or flight: they generally hide themselves - they do not think of bad weather as weather, but as an enemy whose hand they already feel!" (Gay Science, #316)

* Anyway, being a prophet sucks. Who claims to wear the mantle of the prophet claims the shirt of Nessus as well. I do NOT claim to even remotely be a voice of the divine. I simply see disaster ahead, and I wave my arms and shout in warning. It is all I can do. That probably makes me an ironist without an iron. (Certainly without a 9-Iron. I leave that to the President.)

* Anyway.   I try to tell the truth as clearly as I can see it. I know that my message will be rejected by most. But future generations will first read my words and roll their eyes: "No s–t, Sherlock," will be their assessment. Until maybe when they look at the publication date.

* It's REALLY annoying that I remember my own childhood with much more clarity than I do my kids'.

* Why I don't like the death penalty: "Do not be so quick to deal death and judgment, Frodo. even the wise cannot see all ends."

* I'm one of the jets that sang with Bennie. So spaced out.
    
*  OTOH, I like Uncle Frank but I haven't figured him out yet. I also don't know what, if anything, to believe about him from the Press.

* It sez here: Pelosi: It's the Affordable Care Act, not Obamacare (dailycaller.com) And I am Marie of Roumania.

* Anders Breivik, mass-shooter in Norway who shot all those kids a couple years ago, was NOT "right-wing". He was a Nazi. No different from the tens of thousands of ghouls disguised as good looking blond men--many of whom were from Norway!--who opened up with machine guns on innocents seventy years ago, except he didn't have a uniform. And certainly he had *nothing whatsoever* to do with American conservativism, thank you very much.

* Believe it or not, there are faithful found in the most unlikely of places, even in the Vatican!

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